‘Drive sober or get pulled over’

Posted December 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm

The Miller Police Department will be joining law enforcement agencies across the nation in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which is intended to stop impaired driving and save lives.

The police department will have extra officers out on patrol this holiday season and will be joining forces with the Hand County Sheriff’s Office and the South Dakota Highway Patrol in doing sobriety checkpoints.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,885 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2010. Thirty-one percent (10,228) of those fatalities involved alcohol-impaired drivers. The holiday season is particularly dangerous. During December 2010, 2,597 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes and 30 percent (775) involved an alcohol-impaired driver. That averages out to 25 people who were killed per day due to impaired driving.

Miller police officers do not want anyone to be hurt or killed in Miller, S.D. That is why the officers will be out in force during this holiday season to make sure that the motoring public is safe.

Law enforcement will have zero tolerance for those who choose to drive impaired. If you choose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses. You can expect jail time, a steep fine, court costs, loss of your driver’s license, higher insurance premiums, plus dozens of other unanticipated expenses.

More important, if you choose to drive impaired, you could be seriously injured or seriously injure someone else. You may even kill yourself or kill someone else. Could you live with yourself if you seriously injured or killed another person?

The answer to avoid a tragedy or being a statistic is very simple: If you are going to drink, do not drive! Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver, walk home or call a friend.

Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person drive. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions could save someone’s life. Your inaction may cost someone their life.

Christmas is supposed to be a season of family togetherness, joy and happiness. It is supposed to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Do not turn this season into a tragedy—Don’t Drink and Drive.